Ribchester makes the party last

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Just when you thought it was all over ...it isn’t.

Ribchester Field Day 2012 has announced it will have a magnificent firework finale to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The Field Day takes place on Saturday (June 16).

It’s the 52nd annual Field Day and Chairman David Smith promises it will be a memorable summer celebration, saying: “We have another fanstastic weekend scheduled ...It is Ribchester that makes Field Day the highlight of the British summer and the event that The Queen and Lord Coe are going to try and emulate!”

The Field Day parade includes three bands and will set off from Bee Mill at 1 p.m. There are four entry classes: individual fancy dress, small group less than four, group of four or over and best decorated vehicle. Anyone wishing to enter a vehicle should call 01254 878215.

The main act on the field will be comedy duo “What a Palaver” and there will be morris dancing, children’s races and the usual stalls and games as well as a marquee with classes for all age groups.

The fireworks at 10-30 p.m. will follow an evening ceilidh in a marquee on the village recreation ground, with music by The Old School Band. Tickets for the ceilidh cost £5.00 for adults and £2.50 for children under 16 and are available from Ribchester Spar.

On Sunday (June 17) there will be a specially-themed Vintage Tea Party from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the rec. with live music from group Quay Change. Children’s entertainer Mr Jolly will entertain the youngsters with a magic show. As always tea, coffee and soft drinks are provided and partygoers are asked to bring a Jacob’s Join food contribution.

Field Day Queen 2012 Katy Hinkley will be attended by Alice Pitman, Hannah Porter and page boy Joseph Holgate. She will be crowned by retiring queen Isobel Sutcliffe who will be attended by Jemima Green, Ruby Holgate, Sarah Holgate, Nell Johnson, Daisy Sweeten-Warren, Tiania Riding and Minnie Maguire and page-boy William McCartney-Pye.

• The curtain-raiser for this year’s Field Day weekend is cabaret performance “Ribcaged Within Tent”, which will be held tomorrow at 8 p.m. Ribcaged last performed a cabaret show for the 50th Anniversary and are delighted to have been invited back. The show starts at 8 and the Bar is open from 7.30 p.m. onwards. The show comprises songs and sketches. Keith Flood is directing and compering the cabaret and Ribcaged regular, singer/songwriter and actor Rick Guard will be performing along with his regular accompanist Phil Rice and other Ribcaged stars, including Zoe Mathews and Sian Hill. Local talent also includes Robin Simmons, Will Thomas and Rick Hoyle. After the Field Day weekend, Ribcaged will be repeating the show in Ribchester Village Hall on Monday, June 18th, at 8 p.m. Tickets cost £10 from Ribchester Spar or by calling 01254878479.

For further information see field day website www.ribchesterfieldday.co.uk